Portrait of a Marriage: V. Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson

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PORTRAIT OF A MARRIAGE is an eloquent examination of the possibilities of a marriage. The story of Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West as told by their son, Nigel, it illuminates the intimate mechanics of a marriage in which each partner lives his or her own independent life, but to which each returns as a ship to its homeport. The reader is allowed to see clearly into the complex and wonderful world of two unusual people in love. Here, in an amazingly timely fashion, the idea of love being subject to logic or laws dissolves. Whether you are interested in these two talented people or simply looking for a good romance, this is a book to enjoy.

"Nicolson makes telling the truth about relationships seem so easy and natural, as if all anyone has to do to tell a good love story is to step out of the way." (Amazon.com)

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Vita Sackville-West took many lovers. Some were men, others women, Virginia Woolf most famous among the latter. Vita also loved her husband, Harold Nicolson. And he loved her right back. Working with letters and journals, and writing his own explanatory text when necessary, their son, Nigel, has exposed this tangle of passions. In so doing he has performed a great service, showing us two magnificent individuals, not as they meant to be, but as they actually were. Ultimately the marriage "succeeded," according to Nicolson, "because each found permanent and undiluted happiness only in the company of the other." David Case takes the male texts, and Donada Peters those written by Vita. Together they render a stirring, upper-class duet. B.H.C. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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